Annual Conference 2013

Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 09:00
Brussels, Belgium
A one-day conference entitled "Failed austerity in Europe - the way out" brought together leading speakers from politics, academia, trade unions and media.
Speakers at the conference included the French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, the Minister for Labour from Luxembourg Nicolas Schmit, the Deputy Secretary General and chief economist of the OECD, Pier Carlo Padoan, internationally renowned progressive economists, such as Professor James K. Galbraith Professor Jean-Paul Fitoussi and Professor Dr. Gustav Horn, and the Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation, Bernadette Ségol, alongside leading members of the S&D Group in the European Parliament.
In addition to the high-level panels in the plenary room of the event, three more focused workshops were held during the morning session with experts in their fields.
A final debate included leading politicians who debated how progressive forces can win the current battle of ideas in the economic and social field; this included Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, Secretary general of the Spanish Socialist Party PSOE, Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&D Parliamentary Group in the European Parliament, and Massimo d'Alema, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and former Prime Minister of Italy.
All debates were moderated by professionals, in order to ensure stimulating discussions among speakers and with the audience.
This conference is not a one-off event. It is part of an ambitious and new undertaking in order to contribute to the enrichment and advancement of progressive thinking and initiatives in the economic and social fields in Europe.